by Gerry Mak in New Products on Thursday 6 March 2008

A while back, McSweeney’s posted Prescription Drug or Metal Band?, a list of words that were either the name of a metal band or a pharmaceutical, on their website. This inspired artist Dan Nelson to create a list of all the known metal bands in the world (currently 51,000), which is now available as a hardcover book. There are apparently 24 bands named Legion listed in the 250-page tome (although Encyclopediae Metallicum lists 26, not including two named The Legion), four bands named Nazgul, and only one named Goat Semen. The project grew out of Nelson’s other endeavors, which include memorizing Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities in its entirety.